Friday, January 29, 2010

Quotes: Satire

Satire 578 "Everybody who has known Mr. Fessenden, must have wondered how the kindest-hearted man in all the world could have likewise been the most noted satirist of his day." Hawthorne: “Thomas Green Fessenden

Satire 578 "On careful examination of his works, I do not find, in any of them, the ferocity of the true blood-hound of literature—such as Swift…." Hawthorne: “Thomas Green Fessenden

Satire 246 "Satire is a sort of glass [mirror], wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own." Jonathan Swift.

Satire 246 " Satire is moral outrage transformed into comic art." Philip Roth.

Satire 31 "A satirical poet is the check of the laymen on bad priests." John Dryden. “Chaucer.” 1700. Gross, ed. Essays.

Satire 437 "Satire…essentially an art of over-simplification since it concentrates on a few if not only a single characteristic, is inevitably in danger of overlooking the complexity of human nature." Mark Schorer, Afterword. Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

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